New Zealand v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Wellington January 25, 2016

McClenaghan suffers facial fracture above left eye


Mitchell McClenaghan picked up the injury when a bouncer burst through the gap in his helmet © AFP

New Zealand fast bowler Mitchell McClenaghan has suffered a hairline fracture just above his left eye, during the first ODI against Pakistan in Wellington. He picked up the injury when a bouncer burst through the gap in his helmet in the final over of New Zealand's innings on Monday. It rules him out of the second ODI in Napier, and puts him in doubt for the final match on Sunday, as he is scheduled to undergo minor cosmetic surgery on Friday in Auckland.

McClenaghan was batting on 31 from 17 deliveries when the penultimate ball of the innings - from Anwar Ali - squeezed between the peak of his helmet, and its grille to strike him flush on the left eye. Slow-motion replays showed the ball had hit him with considerable force. McClenaghan immediately fell to the ground as the umpires, the Pakistan players and non-striker Matt Henry moved towards him. He eventually rose to his feet to cheers from the crowd, after attention from the team physio. The area around his eye was swollen as he walked off the field.

He did not bowl in Pakistan's innings, spending most of it in hospital instead. He received stitches on his left eyebrow, but was well enough to tweet an update on his condition and congratulations to his team-mates after the victory. "Thanks for all the concerns. Everything is as good as it can be just a few broken bones. Great win for the boys!" he tweeted.

McClenaghan is the fourth New Zealand player to be unavailable for Thursday's game, with Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum and Tim Southee also out through injury.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. @andrewffernando

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  • sohail on September 9, 2016, 16:08 GMT

    New Zealand have one of the best pace attack in international cricket..they have 3 paceman who can ball 150 consistantly..we indian shouldnt be over confident

  • Hass on January 28, 2016, 12:33 GMT

    a ball shouldn't be able to pass through the grill and helmet.

  • aamir on January 26, 2016, 3:16 GMT

    Proves that cricket can be potentially lethal. Is it due to poor helmet quality and manufacturing with an obvious structural flaw or incorrect or improper application of how to wear it? We should make every effort to prevent a tragedy . Members of the coaching staff should educate and supervise proper use of protective equipment. In terms of health care, can we change how we doctor the ball to facilitate swing. How can we allow application of saliva on the ball? It not only is a conduit for transmission of multiple infectious agents but is grossly offensive and contrary to the image of cricket. If we have to allow any application let it be something that is less threatening and offensive We should ban spitting on the ball. I am sure the quality of the sport will not be compromised .

  • Fraz on January 25, 2016, 23:35 GMT

    Bud! I guess your grill had a huge gap . Nasty blow tbh. Get well soon. Y're a champion bowler.

  • Wayne on January 25, 2016, 21:57 GMT

    Tough break. No pun intended. Hope all you Kiwis are fit and raring to go when we get there. We'll miss a bit of frontline ODI bowling but both the tests and ODIs should be enthralling. A big test for both sides. Can't wait.

  • Badar on January 25, 2016, 20:01 GMT

    Wishing you a full & speedy recovery Mitch. It wasn't good watching you on TV when the ball hit you but you did win quite a many hearts with your explosive batting right before that. Get well soon and come right back into the team.

  • Nitesh on January 25, 2016, 19:30 GMT

    I do hope that Mitch has a speedy recovery from this injury as we have already seen how eye socket injuries could be pretty much disastrous as was in the case of Kieswetter.

  •   Trimzi Syed on January 25, 2016, 18:01 GMT

    I hope Milne would get the chance. Its really disappointing to see him as the substitute fielder. this is his time and hopefully he will play test matches soon in the future. he is a strike bowler. Come on selectors and please realize his special talents. with some experience he could be as lethal as waqar younis or Malcom Marshall

  • Harmon on January 25, 2016, 17:16 GMT

    My words don't really matter but I would urge all the players playing at whatever level to always always always use ***Proper Equipment Properly***. I have played cricket at college level and sometimes some seniors would not use a box or helmet just because they were facing us juniors (only by a year). I know some of the stuff is a bit expensive but the costs of you being in an ICU or going through multiple surgeries is several times more than that. Once in a match we had only one box so I had to use a layered mini towel as my box though it won't have saved me had I been hit. Money can always be pooled in by a group of friends. Also important is to know how to use the equipment. Wearing a helmet with a loose strap is almost useless. What we must always know is that a leather ball could really kill, even if the speed was only 75-80 mph, like what we would see at school level from amateurs..

  • Al on January 25, 2016, 15:58 GMT

    that was a great time watching your batting. bowlers won it for NZ with the bat. cheers mate.